Born: October 28, 1945, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

After a few reincarnations 1050 CHUM quietly passed away on March 26, 2009

1050 CHUM was a legendary Top 40 powerhouse from the late 1950s through to the early 1980s.

The station had a formula no other station has been able to duplicate.

Through the formative ‘50s, the unforgettable ‘60s and the interesting ‘70s, 1050 CHUM played a major role in shaping the radio landscape in Toronto. Recording acts from Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Guess Who, Elton John, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers and Bob Seger not only graced the airwaves but walked the halls of 1050 CHUM.

The radio station was famous for the CHUM Chart. From 1957 to 1986, 1,512 consecutive weekly charts were published, making it the longest-running chart of its kind in the world.

Also, 1050 CHUM was noteworthy for hosting many famous rock concerts including, among others, visits to Maple Leaf Gardens by Elvis Presley (1957) and The Beatles (1964, '65, and '66).




Saturday, July 10, 2010


1971 CHUM TOP 100


1 Joy To The World Three Dog Night
2 Maggie May Rod Stewart
3 Put Your Hand In The Hand Ocean
4 Superstar Murray Head
5 It's Too Late Carole King
6 Brown Sugar Rolling Stones
7 You've Got A Friend James Taylor
8 Sweet City Women Stampeders
9 Indian Reservation Radiers
10 Don't Pull Your Love Hamilton,Joe Frank & Reynolds
11 Rose Garden Lynn Anderson
12 Black Magic Woman Santana
13 Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves Cher
14 I Don't Know How To Love Him Helen Reddy
15 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey Paul & Linda McCartney
16 Riders On The Storm Doors
17 Yo-Yo Osmonds
18 When You're Hot You're Hot Jerry Reed
19 Love The One You're With Stephen Stills
20 Mr. Big Stuff Jean Knight
21 She's A Lady Tom Jones
22 Signs Five Man Electrical Band
23 How Do You Mend A Broken Heart Bee Gees
24 The Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin
25 Got To Be There Michael Jackson
26 Another Day Paul McCartney
27 Stay Awile Bells
28 One Bad Apple Osmonds
29 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Joan Baez
30 Baby I'm-A Want You Bread
31 Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get Dramatics
32 Gotta See Jane R. Dean Taylor
33 Theme From 'Shaft' Issac Hayes
34 Draggin' The Line Tommy James
35 Lonely Days Bee Gees
36 Smiling Faces Sometimes Undisputed Truth
37 Go Away Little Girl Donny Osmond
38 Spanish Harlem Aretha Franklin
39 Rainy Days And Mondays Carpenters
40 If You Really Loved Me Stevie Wonder
41 Where Evil Grows Poppy Family
42 If You Could Read My Mind Gordon Lightfoot
43 Beginnings Chicago
44 Albert Flasher Guess Who
45 Marianne Stephen Stills
46 Imagine John Lennon
47 Be My Baby Andy Kim
48 Your Song Elton John
49 Proud Mary Ike & Tina Turner
50 One Less Bell To Answer Fifth Dimension
51 Two Divided By Love Grassroots
52 Chick-A-Boom Daddy Dewdrop
53 One Fine Morining Lighthouse
54 No Matter What Badfinger
55 Superstar Carpenters
56 Woodstock Matthew's Southern Comfort
57 Want Ads Honey Cone
58 I Am... I Said Neil Diamond
59 Wont Get Fooled Again Who
60 Love Her Madly Doors
61 Double Barrel Dave & Ansil Collins
62 Born To Wander Rare Earth
63 Theme From 'Love Story' Francis Lai
64 I've Found Someone Of My Own Free Movement
65 Stoney End Barbara Streisand
66 Do I Love You Paul Anka
67 Domino Van Morrison
68 Amos Moses Jerry Reed
69 Have You Seen Her Chi-Lites
70 If I Were Your Woman Gladys Knight & The Pips
71 Lucky Man Emmerson Lake & Palmer
72 Question 67 & 68 Chicago
73 So Long Marianne Brian Hyland
74 Ain't No Sunshine Bill Withers
75 Liar Three Dog Night
76 Sooner Or Later Grassroots
77 It Don't Come Easy Ringo Starr
78 What Is Life George Harrison
79 Groove Me King Floyd
80 Hey Girl Donny Osmond
81 Funky Nassau Beginning Of The End
82 Nathan Jones Supremes
83 I'd Love To Change The World Ten Years After
84 Me & You And A Dog Named Boo Lobo
85 Do You Know What I Mean Lee Michaels
86 5-10-15-20 (25-30) Years Of Love Presidents
87 Only You Know & I Know Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
88 Never Can Say Goodbye Michael Jackson
89 Resurrection Shuffle Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
90 Tired Of Being Alone Al Green
91 Here Comes The Sun Ritchie Havens
92 Eighteen Alice Cooper
93 Sweet Hitch-Hiker Creedence Clearwater Revival
94 That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be Carly Simon
95 High Time We Went Joe Cocker
96 Take Me Home Country Roads John Denver
97 Rock Steady Aretha Franklin
98 Burning Bridges Mike Curb Congregation
99 Temptation Eyes Grassroots
100 Treat Her Like A Lady Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose


"1050 CHUM" was a legendary Top 40 powerhouse during the late 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.

Early history and Top 40 format

CHUM AM was launched as a dawn-to-dusk radio station on October 28, 1945 by Jack Q'Part, an entrepreneur in the business of patent medicines. The station, then operating from studios in the Mutual Street Arena, was taken over in December 1954 by Allan Waters, a salesman from Q'Parts' patent medicine business. Waters' first major move was to secure a license for 24-hour-a-day broadcasting for CHUM, along with a power increase to 5,000 watts. Less than three years after Waters acquired the station, and soon after bringing the new fulltime transmitter online, a major programming change was made. On May 27 1957, Waters switched to a "Top 50" format that had proven itself popular in some U.S. cities; Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" was the first song played. "1050 CHUM" pioneered rock and roll radio in Toronto, and was noteworthy for hosting many noteworthy rock concerts including, among others, visits to Maple Leaf Gardens by Elvis Presley (1957) and The Beatles (1964, '65, and '66). While the station was rising to the top of the popularity ratings in Toronto in the early 1960s, it also built yet another new transmitter in Mississauga, Ontario (a few miles west of the current Toronto city line) along the Lake Ontario shoreline, and raised its power once again to its current 50,000 watts around the clock.

CHUM DJs of the 1960s were zany morning man Al Boliska, who quit in late 1963 to go 'across the street' to CKEY.He was replaced by WKBW, Buffalo radio & TV personality Jay Nelson, popularly known as "Jungle Jay" from his role as host of a children's show on Buffalo's Channel 7 which was also popular among Toronto youngsters. He would be followed by housewives' jock John Spragge; singer/DJ Mike Darow; Pete Nordheimer, replaced in 1961 by witty Bob McAdorey; teen DJ Dave Johnson; and all night maven Bob Laine. Later additions to the CHUM DJ lineup included Duff Roman and Brian Skinner, both of whom came over from CKEY (then owned by Jack Kent Cooke). In the late 1960s, early 1970s, CHUM DJ's included Duke Roberts (also known as Gary Duke for a time), Johnny Mitchell (better known today as Sonny Fox), J. Michael Wilson, Tom Rivers, Scott Carpenter, Jim Van Horne, John Rode, Don Reagan, Terry Steele and Roger Ashby. Among their later mighttime hosts was John D. Roberts, who joined CHUM in 1977 and would eventually become known across North America as White House correspondent for CBS-TV and host of CNN's morning program "American Morning."

CHUM was also well known for its contests, like the 1970s' "I Listen to CHUM" promotion, in which DJs would dial phone numbers at random and award $1,000 to anyone who answered the phone with that phrase.

From gold-based to oldies

By the mid-1980s, CHUM had lost ground in the Toronto ratings to competitor Top 40 station CFTR and FM-based music stations. On June 6, 1986, CHUM dropped its Top 40 format for a heavily gold-based adult contemporary format ("Favourites of Yesterday and Today"). By 1989, CHUM adopted an oldies format, drawing heavily on its previous Top 40 reputation to cater to the fans of that era's music.

Chart #1 - Monday, May 27, 1957 - TOP 50


Monday, May 27, 1957

Chart Number: 1
10Presley, ElvisAll Shook Up0
20Boone, PatLove Letters In The Sand0
30Williams, AndyI Like Your Kind Of Love0
40Everly Brothers, TheBye Bye Love0
50Mineo, SalStart Movin' (In My Direction)0
60Storm, GaleDark Moon0
70Robbins, MartyA White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)0
80Gracie, CharlieFabulous0
90Como, PerryGirl With The Golden Braids, The0
100Ray, JohnnieYes Tonight, Josephine0
110Diamonds, TheLittle Darlin'0
120Dell-Vikings, TheCome Go With Me0
130Boone, PatWhy Baby Why0
140Husky, FerlinGone0
150Como, PerryRound And Round0
160Berry, ChuckSchool Day0
170Knox, BuddyParty Doll0
170Lawrence, SteveParty Doll0
180Dorsey Orchestra, JimmySo Rare0
190Domino, FatsI'm Walkin'0
190Nelson, RickyI'm Walkin'0
200Gracie, CharlieButterfly0
200Williams, AndyButterfly0
210Belafonte, HarryMama Look At Bubu0
220Lowe, JimFour Walls0
220Reeves, JimFour Walls0
230Dee, JohnnySittin' In The Balcony0
230Cornell, DonSittin' In The Balcony0
230Cochran, EddieSittin' In The Balcony0
240Mathis, JohnnyWonderful! Wonderful!0
250Mello-Tones, TheRosie Lee0
250Tune Drops, TheRosie Lee0
260Coasters, TheYoung Blood0
270Domino, FatsValley Of Tears0
280Draper, RustyFreight Train0
290Gilkyson, Terry & The Easy RidersMarianne0
290Hilltoppers, TheMarianne0
300Bowen, JimmyI'm Stickin' With You0
310Laine, FrankieLove Is A Golden Ring0
320Platters, TheI'm Sorry0
330Hunter, Ivory JoeEmpty Arms0
330Brewer, TeresaEmpty Arms0
340Sands, TommyTeen-Age Crush0
350Little RichardLucille0
360Sands, TommyMy Love Song0
370Starr, KayJamie Boy0
380Starr, RandyAfter School0
390Johnson, BettyLittle White Lies0
400Bennett, TonyOne For My Baby (And One More For The Road)0
410Knox, BuddyRock Your Little Baby To Sleep0
420Clooney, RosemaryMangos0
430Cornell, DonMama Guitar0
440Belloc, DanFlip Top0
450Baker, LavernJim Dandy Got Married0
460Boone, PatBernardine0
470Copeland, KenPledge Of Love0
470Torok, MitchellPledge Of Love0
480Four Lads, TheI Just Don't Know0
490Armenian Jazz SextetHarem Dance0
500Williams, BillyI'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter0

John Gilbert "No Charge"

Mike Cooper's April Fools Joke

80's PROMO

Bob Sam Robbie - 1050 CHUM Morning Show - 1992

Tom Rivers 1982

John Majhor CHUM 1050 Morning show 1986

1050 CHUM Card 1983